I had an amazing time giving back to the Hill District through home improvement service.
Today was a little tougher. I had to help out with a middle school class, and it was definitely harder getting a lot of these kids' attention than the pre-K class. Ibti, the FoodPrints instructor, and the other volunteers and I worked with the sixth graders and helped them garden, cook, learn about nutrition labels and calories, and create healthy food ads. Just like last time, there were three stations that three groups of kids rotated around to participate in all of these activities; I helped at the drawing/healthy advertising station. At the cooking station the kids helped Ibti make kale & cheese quesadillas, veggie & bean chili, and carrot chips. They learned a lot about the benefits of eating healthier, but also, unfortunately, the costs that come with eating healthier. It's so much easier to buy junk food/fast food, than it is to buy healthy groceries, much less just a salad, especially here in D.C. Advertising also makes it harder, as many advertisers of fast foods/fast food joints seek to manipulate the population with repetition and pictures of made-up/dolled-up food to make their food all the more appealing and get people hooked on it. That's why it's so important to educate kids while they're young on the benefits of healthy eating, on how to combat the everyday flashy images of bad foods, and on how to make/cook affordable and healthy meals.